By Angie Georgeff
As we prepare to bid farewell to January, I suspect few hearts are breaking. We who work at the library and lock the doors at 6 p.m. were overjoyed on the first day when it wasn’t quite dark when we left. Hearts seem to lighten as the days lengthen, and now February stands on our doorstep with hearts, flowers, chocolate and cherry pie. The month is chock full of observances and I’m ready to let it in.
The month starts with Change Your Password Day on Friday. I know that changing your passwords can be a hassle, but with data breaches becoming common occurrences, I believe it pays to be proactive. After the Collection 1 Breach was revealed earlier this month, I groaned, but took the precaution of changing several passwords. I made them strong by using more than 12 characters, including capital letters, lower-case letters, numerals and special symbols. I also made sure that they were easy for me to remember, but something that not even my own family would guess. I then wrote down the passwords I won’t use often and locked them away in a secure place.
An even more important day – to my way of thinking – is Take Your Child to the Library Day, which will be observed this year on Saturday, Feb. 2. For 2019 it happens to coincide with Groundhog Day, but regardless of whether Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow or not, we will be celebrating from 1-2 p.m. with a story walk and craft. While you are here, let your child choose a book about groundhogs or any other subject that may interest her and check it out. I do have a word of caution for fans of the Groundhog Day movie: Unlike the film, we will only do this program once, so don’t be late! You – and we – will have only one chance to get it right.
Of course, events to celebrate Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day are currently being planned. The teen Valentine’s Day party is the first on deck. Young people between the ages of 12 and 18 are invited to celebrate all things February with a party to be held on Friday, Feb. 1, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Please call the library at 743-6533 for information or to register or check out our Unicoi County Public Library Kids and Teens Facebook page for more details.
To apostrophe or not to apostrophe, that is the question. Should the upcoming holiday be written as plural (Presidents Day), possessive (President’s Day) or plural possessive (Presidents’ Day)? We see all three, but according to the State of Tennessee, Feb. 18 will be Presidents Day, while the federal government refers to the holiday as Washington’s Birthday. Sorry, Abe!